Helen McCord

Lecturer (Teaching)

Helen is a member of the Teaching team and teaches across the Centre’s professional development programmes. She is a mentor for our Beacon School programme and holds a responsibility for the oversight of our ITE offer and reach.


Helen joined the Centre in September 2019. Prior to this she had been a teacher of history for 16 years, also working as a mentor and subject leader for ITE, working closely with PGCE trainees and colleagues across a number of schools in the local area. A Teaching Fellow (2018) and a Chartered Teacher of History for the Historical Association (2019), Helen also completed our MA module ‘The Holocaust in the Curriculum’  before joining the Centre.

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Activities and interests

Helen has worked upon a number of projects for the Centre. As part of the Belsen 75 programme she authored whole school materials for the project resource pack and guided visits to the Bergen-Belsen memorial site in partnership with the Holocaust Educational Trust.

As part of the Centre’s response and offer to teachers at the start of the COVID pandemic, Helen authored the online lesson materials ‘Jewish life in Warsaw before the Holocaust’ 

A co-author of our research informed KS3 textbook ‘Understanding the Holocaust: How and why did it happen?’ 

Helen has also developed and has oversight of the online textbook teacher guidance materials. 

Most recently she has worked with the children’s author Tom Palmer, leading the Centre’s project to develop lesson materials to support teachers using the novel ‘After the War’ with their students. 


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